For a no-holds-barred meat fest, carnivores with a serious appetite should look no further than Texas de Brazil. Overlooking the scenic Katy Trail, this Brazilian steakhouse is grandly outfitted with intricate iron chandeliers, huge gilded mirrors and white tablecloths, plus a stately wine room offering plenty of big reds to pair with all that protein. Flip your coaster to the green side and a procession of friendly servers parading around various cuts of meat like leg of lamb, Brazilian sausage, filet mignon and the ever-popular garlic-marinated top sirloin known as picanha will slice their wares directly onto your plate, until you cry uncle by turning your coaster to red. Surprisingly, vegetarians will find plenty to like here too, thanks to a high-end salad bar offering items like hearts of palm, thick steamed asparagus, grilled Portobellos, imported cheeses and even sushi.
When the Rafain family decided to open a churrascaria restaurant in America, they were simply continuing in the family business: Olimpio and Philomena Rafain had been running a churrascaria in southern Brazil since 1959. In line with that authentic spirit, Rafain's menu features 16 cuts of meat cooked over an open charcoal pit, including spicy picanha, pork ribs, and bacon-wrapped filets. Gaucho servers present each meat on a long skewer, cutting portions onto plates beside selections from the salad bar and dessert table. To drink, guests can order a traditional Brazilian caipirinha, or a glass of wine from a 15-page list that's been recognized with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
In the tradition of a Brazilian churrascaria, the servers at Villa's Grill present guests with as much seasoned meat as their plates and appetites can hold. Six different cuts of meat during lunch and ten cuts of meat during dinner include everything from sausage and parmesan pork to bacon-wrapped chicken and picanha, a rump cut of beef
popular in Brazil, where the owner grew up. Though eating unlimited meat is a task in and of itself, you'll want to save room for the extensive selection of sides and desserts such as the brazilian flan.
If you've never been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, there's one thing you should know?there will be meat, and lots of it. Brazilian Cowboy, located in downtown Plano, has no plans to break the mold. The steakhouse sends out an all-you-can-eat array of sizzling meats skewered on a sword or two-handed mace. One can't-miss menu highlight is the picanha, a spicy Brazilian cut of beef.
Endless plates of meat can be counteracted by frequent visits to the full salad bar and hot-buffet bar. Diners can also opt for just a salad- and hot-buffet-bar meal without the meats, a pertinent option for those looking to save room for desserts that include Brazilian flan and papaya ice cream.